Are you tired of looking at your old masonry fireplace, but you’re not sure how to spruce it up? Is your current fireplace too cold and drafty to keep your living space warm and cozy? Tearing down a fireplace and rebuilding it is an expensive and time-consuming project. Luckily, there are other options to revitalize your fireplace and get the atmosphere you want in your home.

Wood stove inserts are a popular way to upgrade your fireplace – without the messiness and intrusion of a complete teardown. Going the insert route is also a significantly lower investment than a rebuild. In the long run, wood stove insert can save you thousands of dollars in installation costs and net you future savings in heating costs.

Here at Ozark, we find it more ethically sound (and less misleading) to speak directly to you about what to expect for wood stove insert price ranges.

If you’re living in Southwest Missouri or Northwest Arkansas and are interested in adding a wood stove insert to your home, call Ozark Stove and Chimney to set up an appointment.  

What Is a Wood Stove Insert?

a wood fireplace insert surrounded by wood logs and a drink in front of itA wood stove insert is a heating appliance that is installed into an existing fireplace opening, sealed, and connected to a chimney or flue system. They are usually made of durable materials such as cast iron, steel, or soapstone. A standard wood burning fireplace needs air to function and the fire draws in a lot of the heat from the room you’re trying to keep warm. As a result, a fireplace wastes about 80% of the hot air created through combustion.

A wood stove insert works very differently because they feature a closed combustion system. Oxygen is pulled from the outside through air vents, so the majority of the heat from the fireplace radiates out into the room while the combustion gasses are vented out of the house.

What Are the Costs Involved in Installing a Wood Stove Insert?

We wish we could just give you straightforward numbers, but the truth is… we can’t. Why? Because the cost of installing a wood stove can vary significantly based on various factors such as the type of stove, its size, the complexity of the installation, local labor rates, and the materials needed. That’s why getting a quote from a team of professionals who can assess your specific requirements is a must.

Here at Ozark, we find it more ethically sound (and less misleading) to speak directly to you about what to expect for wood stove insert price ranges. That way, we can provide a more accurate expected cost based on your individual circumstances – and you won’t be hit with any surprises later on.

The best news about working with us, though? No matter your budgeting needs, we have great financing options to explore. Talk with one of our experts today! You can call us now or book online – we’d love to speak with you.

What Are the Benefits of a Wood Stove Insert?

Installing a wood stove insert can improve more than just the aesthetics of your home. Here are some benefits of a wood stove insert to keep in mind when thinking about fireplace renovations: 

  • Better Heating Efficiency: Heat loss is an issue with a traditional open masonry fireplace. About 85 to 90% of the heat escapes through the chimney with an open wood fire even with the damper partially closed. Wood stove inserts are sealed so drafts can’t get into the fireplace. The amount of heat lost during a burn drops to 20 to 30%.
  • Green Friendly: Wood stove inserts are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These inserts meet the EPA’s clean air standards because they generate less smoke and use less wood to create more heat. EPA-certified fireplace inserts can reduce wood-burning emissions to a minimal amount.
  • Long Term Savings: Wood stove inserts retain and distribute heat better than masonry fireplaces. You can burn fires for longer while using less wood. Depending on their size, wood stove inserts can heat anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet so they can be your home’s primary heating source.

Can I Save Money by Installing a Wood Stove Myself?

We never recommend taking chimney or fireplace-related services into your own hands. Improper installation can lead to fire hazards, carbon monoxide leaks, or other safety issues. In addition, many jurisdictions have specific building codes and regulations for wood stove installations. Failure to comply with these codes can result in fines or the need to redo the installation.

Other considerations? Some insurance companies may require that a wood stove be professionally installed to ensure it meets safety standards, and most warranties will be voided if the installation is not done by a certified professional. This could end up costing you more in the long run if you encounter issues.

All in all, installing a wood stove requires various skills, and if you lack the necessary expertise it could spell disaster. If you’re ready to install a wood stove insert, the best thing to do is to call in a professional. Our crew at Ozark Stove and Chimney will get the job done quickly and correctly. 

Schedule With Ozark Stove & Chimney Now

If you live in Green County, Christian County, Stone County, Dallas County, Benton County, Marion County, or somewhere else nearby, schedule a wood stove insert installation with Ozark Stove and Chimney. Our customer service representatives are available by phone at 417-391-8281 or you can schedule an appointment online. We can’t wait to get started!